Fernando Torres' decision to reject Inter Milan may cost Manchester United a key and popular player.
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres may have inadvertently increased the chances that Manchester United could lose one of their most popular players.
Torres has reportedly turned down the chance to move to Serie A giants Inter Milan and the alternative being mentioned is United’s Mexican star, Javier Hernandez.
The Daily Mail has suggested that Torres is keen to prove himself at Stamford Bridge, after a frustrating career ever since his £50 million move from Liverpool.
He was forced to endure heavily critical comments from Blues boss Jose Mourinho last season, who was frequently negative about the strikers available to him in West London.
The same paper has suggested Inter are now turning their attention to signing Hernandez from United, with the forward’s immediate situation unlikely to change under Louis van Gaal.
Hernandez has had to contend with being down the pecking order behind Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie, which isn’t going to be any different with LvG in charge instead of David Moyes.
Hernandez is likely to be far more open to the idea of moving away from United and English football, as he’s often commented about his desire to play more regularly in United colours.
With Torres ruling out an Inter Milan move, the Serie A side are now free to focus their full attention and efforts towards signing Chicharito.
The two things which could change Hernandez’ role and status at United are his manager and the World Cup.
Should van Gaal opt to use Hernandez regularly, it could spell bad news for Wayne Rooney with Van Persie unlikely to be dropped in light of reports he’ll be United’s captain next season.
The World Cup creates the obvious chance for Hernandez to prove to van Gaal that he can be effective on the biggest of stages but it also opens up the possibility of injury.
The best case scenario for United could be a loan deal, which appeases the Mexican and allows them to keep him, but the Mail’s report suggests a £10 million offer is likely, which van Gaal may instruct the club to snap up.